beyond the classroom: LOBBYING FOR PRESERVATION

March 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

On March 3, nine historic preservation graduate students along with professors Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll and Autumn Rierson Michael joined the North Carolina State Historic Preservation officers in lobbying for historic preservation.  The busy day included meetings at all 13 House of Repersentatives’ offices and both Senator’s offices, and they met Representatives Heath Shuler, Brad Miller, and G.K. Butterfield.  It was a great learning experience because the students had the opportunity to see historic preservation’s presence in government and how it is perceived by different congressmen.  Additionally, it gave them the chance to speak up and put their knowledge to use in defense of preservation, which not only conserves our history but also creates jobs as well as useful, interesting spaces.

meeting Rep. Shuler! from left to right: Autumn Michael, Laurie Smith, Claire Keane, Schuler, Melanie Verges, Ralph Smith

meeting Re. Butterfield! from left to right" Laurie Smith, Miriam Exum, Perry Mckenzie, Suzanne Brooks, Keonta Moore, Annie Rutherford, Melanie Verges, Autumn Michael, Claire Keane, Ralph Smith, Jo Leimenstoll

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